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8 Health Checks that could Save your Life

8 Health Checks that could Save your Life

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips on 19 August 2019

As we get older, the more we tend to worry about our health. But undergoing routine health checks can drastically improve the outcome of some age related diseases. Early diagnosis helps save lives as it provides treatment options at the earliest possible stage and often before the disease starts to spread. Methods of screening tests include cancer screenings that search for cancerous cells or tissues within the body. These screenings increase the chance of successful treatment as it helps detect cancer early when it is most likely curable. Studies show that early diagnosis could save between 5,000 and 10,000 lives per year.

It is not just cancer screenings that are important to our health. There are many other health screenings that are just as important such as cholesterol, blood pressure and routine health checks.

Prevention is always better than a cure. Here are 8 tests that could literally save your life.

Bowel / Colon Cancer Screening– Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK. More than 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if detected early.

Breast Screenings– More than 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer at the earliest stage survive their disease for at least 5 years compared to around the 15% for women diagnosed at the most advanced stage.

Cervical Screening-Cervical screening is a method of preventing cancer by detecting abnormalities and precancerous cells in the cervix. If left untreated, these abnormalities could lead to cervical cancer.

Skin Checks– Keeping an eye on moles is essential for spotting the early signs of skin cancer. Most moles are harmless, but sometimes they can develop into a rare form of skin cancer called malignant melanoma. If you notice any changes in your moles, it is important to see a specialist.

AAA screening– The aorta is the main blood vessel in the body. It pumps blood from the heart around the body. If a swelling in the aorta is left to get bigger it could burst, causing life threatening bleeds inside the stomach. An abdominal aortic aneurysm won’t have often have symptoms so the test can pick up an AAA before it bursts.

Cholesterol Checks– High levels of cholesterol can build up in the arteries, which increase your risk of heart attack, cardiovascular diseases or stroke so it is incredibly important to have your cholesterol levels checked.

Prostate Check– Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. If there are any causes for concern such as an increased need to urinate, straining or not feeling emptied after urinating. Men can be offered a PSA blood test that measures the level of PSA and may help detect early prostate cancer.

Blood Pressure Check– High blood pressure can put you at risk for multiple conditions such as heart failure, stroke, heart attack, kidney disease and may also be responsible for some types of dementia. This is a common test that is incredibly important and could even save your life.

You can usually expect to receive a letter from your GP or local authority inviting you foran NHS Health Check or Screening. But for more information, contact your GP with any questions or concerns.

Hello Sunshine!

Hello Sunshine!

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips on 9 August 2019

Summer is here and there is nothing better than enjoying all the glorious sunshine that comes with it. But before you lather on the sun block, remember that the sun also brings that much needed Vitamin D that our body relies on for healthy bones, muscles and nerves. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that unfortunately, most of us don’t get enough of. Vitamin D deficiency is considered a major public health concern across the globe.

Here are 7 signs and symptoms of a Vitamin D Deficiency:

· Getting sick or infected often

· Tiredness & Fatigue

· Bone and Back Pain

· Depression

· Bone Loss

· Hair Loss

· Muscle Pain

The good new is that you can easily boost your vitamin D levels by getting more sun exposure, eating food rich in Vitamin D , and/or taking supplements.

Sun Exposure:
While it’s vital to protect yourself from skin cancer by avoiding overexposure to sunlight, it takes very little unprotected sun exposure for your body to start producing vitamin D. Sources suggest that as few as 8–15 minutes of exposure is enough to make plenty of vitamin D for lighter-skinned individuals. Those with darker skin may need more time

Foods that are rich in Vitamin D include:

1.) Fatty fish such as Salmon, Cod Liver Oil, Tuna and Oysters.

2.)  Eggs are a great source of Vitamin D especially the yolk, where the vitamins and minerals are found.

3.) Mushrooms are the only plant based source of Vitamin D

For many people, taking a vitamin D supplement may be the best way to ensure adequate intake. Vitamin D exists in two main biological forms — D2 and D3. Typically, D2 comes from plants and D3 from animals.

Research suggests that D3 may be significantly more effective at raising and maintaining overall vitamin D levels than D2, so look for a supplement with this form.

For most people, 1,000–4,000 IU is considered a safe daily dose for maintaining healthy levels.

Eating Well – The Dirty Dozen

Eating Well – The Dirty Dozen

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips on 23 July 2019

12 Foods you should buy Organic

Studies show that less than 10% of us are actually meeting the recommended servings of fruits & vegetables. Which means that for a lot of us, we are lacking an equivalent amount of fibre, calcium, magnesium and minerals that mainly come from produce. It is incredibly important that we consume fruits and vegetables (organic or not) as studies have linked the health benefits to include reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke, protecting against certain types of cancer, lowering the risk of eye and digestive problems and lowering blood pressure.

Unfortunately, growing practices can affect produce, which leads to many fruits and vegetables absorbing traces of pesticides. However, buying organic can limit your exposure to extra pesticides and insecticides. If buying many organic foods isn’t affordable or feasible for you, then a good strategy may be to buy organic versions of certain produce that ranks highest in pesticide residue and then buying conventional produce that is less contaminated.

Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the non-profit environmental organization, publishes a list of the “Dirty Dozen” which consist of the fruits and vegetables that have the highest level of pesticides when grown conventionally versus organically. The list is complied annually since 2004, using 40,900 samples for 47 different types of produce.

The EWG Dirty Dozen list can help you prioritize your shopping and give you peace of mind that you’re limiting your pesticide exposure. Read below the 12 fruits and vegetables that the EWG recommends that you buy organic, beginning with the most pesticide residue. We have also listed the “Clean 15” that are less likely to be contaminated with pesticide residue if you are trying to stick to a budget.

The 2019 Dirty Dozen Foods List

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

The 2019 Clean 15 Foods List

  1. Avocado
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Frozen sweet peas
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwis
  10. Cabbages
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupes
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew melons